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noun plural -les (-liːz)
  1. rare the main stem of a plant
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Word Origin for caulis

C16: from Latin
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Examples from the Web for caulis

Historical Examples of caulis

  • Caulis: the funicle of antenna: the corneous basal part of jaws.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Its stalk affords an excellent example of the caulis anceps.

  • In the middle ages the general literary term throughout Europe was coles (or colis) from caulis, a stalk, and virga, a rod.

Word Origin and History for caulis


"stem or stalk of a plant," Latin; see cole.

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